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Previous Updates

Fall 2016

New Articles

This fall, we have added several new biographies focused on Algeria and France to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. New entries include:

Zamoun, Ben Rabeh Mohamed (Si Salah)
Susini, Jean-Jacques
Soustelle, Jacques
Salan, Raoul
Sadi, Saïd
Ortiz, Joseph
Dahlab, Saad
Chevallier, Jacques
Cheriet, Hamid (Idir)

New subject entries include:

All India Muslim League
India, Muslim Women in
Syria, Cinema of

June 2016

New Articles

This June, we've added 11 new biographies focused on Algeria to Oxford Islamic Studies Online. New entries include:

Bitat, Rabah
Blachette, Georges
Borgeaud, Henri
Bouhired, Djamila
Challe, Maurice Prosper Félix Marie
Chekroun, Hasni "Cheb Hasni"
Drif, Zohra
Farés, Aberrahmane
Mokkadedem, Malika
Nezzar, Khaled
Saadi, Yacef

Letter from the Editor

In this update we feature a special Letter from the Editor by John Esposito, which discusses recent Islamophobic rhetoric in American politics.

New Learning Resource

The June 2016 update features a new lesson plan on Shī'ite Messianism.

Focus On Essay

Islamic Universities and Their Global Outreach by Alexander Thurston

March 2016

New and Updated Articles

We continue to build our collection of articles dealing with Islam and film, edited by Andrea Khalil (Queens College, CUNY), including:

Ayouch, Nabil
Bouzid, Nouri
Egypt, Cinema of
Exile and Diaspora in Film
Gender in Film in the Islamic World
Indonesia, Cinema of
Iran, Cinema of
Lebanon, Cinema of
Minorities in Arab Cinema
Morocco, Cinema of
Tunisia, Cinema of
Turkey, Cinema of
War in the Cinema of Iran, Turkey, and the Arab World
West Africa, Cinema of

The Spring 2016 update features the latest Regional Spotlight on Muslims in Central Asia, with nine articles overseen by guest editor Kathleen Bailey, including:

Aral Sea, The
Central Asia, History of Early Islam in
Central Asia, Irrigation Development in
Central Asia, Islam and Culture in
Central Asia, Islamic Art and Architecture in (700–1250) 
Central Asia, Islamic History during the Soviet Period in
Central Asia, Women and Islamic Marriage in
Ferghana Valley, Islam in the
Ismāʿīlīs (Tajiks) 

The update also includes new articles covering current events and issues, edited by Peter Mandaville, including:

Danish Cartoon Crisis/Controversy
Hizb al-Nur (Egypt) "Al Nour Party"
Progressive Islam

New articles from The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law have also been added.

Finally, recent guest editor Nyla Ali Khan discussed the issue of women and global conflict with Jill Irvine and R.C. Davis-Undiano in a special online video.

Letter from the Editor

In this update we feature a special Letter from the Editor by John Esposito, which discusses recent Islamophobic rhetoric in American politics.

New Learning Resources

Focus On Essay

Sectarianism in the Age of Endless War by Deputy Editor Natana J. DeLong-Bas.

March 2014

New and Updated Articles

The March 2014 update features the final 56 articles from The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, which is now complete on Oxford Islamic Studies Online. These new articles include "Women of the Prophet's Household: Interpretation", "West Bank and Gaza", and "Religious Authority of Women", among others.

Also included are 18 new entries from The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law, including "Origins of Islamic Law", "Sharīʿah", and "Legal Maxims".

Updated articles from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World include, "Egypt", "Cairo", an "Jordan".

In addition, this update includes 13 new online-only articles on Islam and Finance, including "Economic Development", "Contract Law", and "Possession".

New Primary Source Documents

10 new primary source documents were also added for this update, including:

Regional Spotlight - Bosnia

This update additionally sees the fifth installment of the "Regional Spotlights". With each update a different region of the Islamic world will be highlighted, offering readers a global perspective on Islam. Edited by Idriz Mesut, International University of Sarajevo, this update continues to expand coverage on Bosnia, including articles on "Islamic Schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina", "Muslim Women's NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina", and "Sufi orders in Bosnia and Herzegovina".

View a complete list of Regional Spotlight articles

New Learning Resources

Lesson Plan

This update also includes a new addition to the expanding group of lesson plans on the site. "The Nuṣayrī-ʿAlawīs [a branch of the Shiʿi division of Islam] " by Lynda Clarke. Each lesson plan highlights ways in which the resources available on Oxford Islamic Studies Online can be used to connect with today's technologically-savvy student.

Arab Spring Article

This update contains the next article in the Arab Spring series, "The Public Sphere: The Other Side of the Arab Spring", by Maryam Jamshidi.

Interview

Two new interviews have been added with this update:

Thematic Guide

This update includes the addition of a new Thematic Guide to the Text and Language of the Qurʾān" by Andrew Rippin.

Focus On Essay

The current Focus On Feature is “The Many Paths to Gender Equality in Morocco” by Doris Gray.

The current Focus On essay is freely available online. The public can access the content of all Focus On essays, and use the Related Reading links for a current feature. Subscribers have permanent access to all current and previous Focus On features and links. To receive details on new Focus On features, enter your email address in the box below.

Regional Spotlight Articles Added in February 2014

"Islamic Schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina"
"Muslim Women's NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina"
"Sufi orders in Bosnia and Herzegovina"

November 2013

New and Updated Articles

The November 2013 update features 100 new articles from The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, including articles on "Arabic Literature", "The Five Pillars of Islam", and "Prophets", among others. In addition, this update will include updated articles from the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World such as "Afghanistan" and "Syria".

New Primary Source Documents

15 new primary source documents were also added for this update, all of which are United States documents regarding the incorporation of Islam into American culuture and government. Documents include Articles of Incorporation of the Muslim Association (1920), Certificate of Incorporation of the Young Women's Muslim Association of the Academy of Islam International Inc. (1944), and Islam and Race Distinctions (1887).

Regional Spotlight - The United States

This update additionally sees the fourth installment of the "Regional Spotlights". With each update a different region of the Islamic world will be highlighted, offering a global perspective on Islam. Edited by Edward E. Curtis IV, OISO Editor in Chief, this update continues to expand coverage on the United States, including articles on "Muslims and United States Law", "Muslim Athletes in the United States", "Muslim Media in the United States", and "Muslim Politics in the United States".

View a complete list of Regional Spotlight articles

New Learning Resources

Lesson Plan

This update also includes a new addition to the expanding group of lesson plans on the site. "Islamism in Sub-Saharan Africa" by Alex Thurston of the Council on Foreign Affairs, discusses the history of Islam in the region and it's influence. Each lesson plan highlights ways in which the resources available on Oxford Islamic Studies Online can be used to connect with today's technologically-savvy student.

Arab Spring Article

This update contains the next article in the Arab Spring series, Post-Islamist Democracy, by Asef Bayat, author of Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam

Interview

An interview with novelist Mohsin Hamid, author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Thematic Guide

This update includes the addition of a new thematic guide entitled “Islam in Al-Andalus/Spain” by Ronald Bruce St John

Focus On Essay

The current Focus On Feature is “Terrorism and the Muslim Veil” by Sahar Aziz.

The current Focus On essay is freely available online. The public can access the content of all Focus On essays, and use the Related Reading links for a current feature. Subscribers have permanent access to all current and previous Focus On features and links. To receive details on new Focus On features, enter your email address in the box below.

Regional Spotlight Articles Added in November 2013

Ali, Muhammad
Ellison, Keith
Majid, Satti
New York
United States Law, Muslims and
United States Muslim Demographics
United States, Muslim Athletes in the
United States, Muslim Congregations in the
United States, Muslim Families in the
United States, Muslim Media in the
United States, Muslim Politics in the
United States, Muslim Religious Leaders in the

June 2013

New and Updated Articles

The March 2013 update features 13 new articles from the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law, including articles on "Legal Pluralism", "Urf", and "Deobandi School", among others. In addition, this update will include 135 new articles from the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women such as "Gender Construction" and "Women's Patronage of Hajj, as well as 40 new article from the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics

Also added in this update are 50 revised and updated articles including "Mu'ammar Al-Qadhdāfī" "Tunisia", "Hamas", and "Muhammad al-Ghazali".

New Primary Source Documents

17 new primary source documents were also added for this update, all of which are surveys from aroudn the Muslim world. These surveys address some of the stereotypes of Muslims, illustrating how they view democracy, American foreign policy, women's rights, and terrorism. Surveys include Bias Towards US Muslim Candidates (2012), Muslim Attitudes Toward Women's Rights (2009), The Importance of Religion in the Lives of Muslims (2012), and U.S. Muslims Views on Islamic Extremism (2011).

Regional Spotlight - West Africa

This update additionally sees the fourth installment of the "Regional Spotlights". With each update a different region of the Islamic world will be highlighted, offering a global perspective on Islam. Edited by Benjamin Soares and Rudiger Seesemann, this update continues to expand coverage on West Africa, including articles on "Islam and Politics in Burkina Faso", "Islamic Education in Mali", "Aboubacar Fofana", and "Mohammed Hacen Ould Dedew".

View a complete list of Regional Spotlight articles

Arab Spring Feature

Simon Cook discusses the research that went into his recently published book The Struggle for Egypt which presents one of the first books in the past two decades about both U.S. foreign policy and Egyptian politics.

New Learning Resources

This update also includes a new addition to the expanding group of lesson plans on the site. "Islam and Women's Dress" by Christina Lindholm, discusses the history of women's dress in islamic culture and how it their role in islamic society is reflected by this history. Each lesson plan highlights ways in which the resources available on Oxford Islamic Studies Online can be used to connect with today's technologically-savvy student.

The current Focus On Feature is“The Qur'an and the Syriac Bible” by Emran El-Badawi and Gabriel Said Reynolds of the International Qur'anic Studies Association.

The current Focus On essay is freely available online. The public can access the content of all Focus On essays, and use the Related Reading links for a current feature. Subscribers have permanent access to all current and previous Focus On features and links. To receive details on new Focus On features, enter your email address in the box below.

Regional Spotlight Articles Added in June 2013

Burkina Faso, Islam and Politics in
Fofana, Aboubacar
Mali, Islamic Education in
Niasse, Mariama Ibrahim
Nigeria, Islamic Education in
Ould Dedew, Mohammed Hacen
Ṣāliḥ Ibrahim

March 2013

The March 2013 update included the following new content to enhance Oxford Islamic Stuides Online:

November 2012

The November 2012 update included the following new content to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

  • 16 new articles from the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics
  • 18 new primary source documents, several focusing on the theme of human rights
  • The fourth installment of the "Regional Spotlights" with articles focused on West Africa
  • Two new lesson plans on "Political Islam" and "Islam in the Contemporary Politics of South Asia"
  • An interview with Zainah Anway, Malaysian feminist, and an article on the Arab Spring by Allen Fromherz
  • The Focus On for this update, by Ziauddin Sardar, discussed "Critical Islam", why Muslims fear criticism, and why criticism is essential for a viable Muslim future.

Summer 2012

The Summer 2012 update included the following new content to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

April 2012

The April 2012 update included the following new content to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

January 2012

The January update included the following new content to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

June 2011

The June update included the following new content to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online

February 2011

The February update included the following new content to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

  • Further expansion of arts coverage with the addition of 200 new articles and 25 images from the esteemed Oxford resource The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (2009)
  • Twenty-five new primary source documents have been added demonstrating the various ways scholars in the Islamic world have interpreted the word "reform.", including essays such as "The Way of Life" and "The Rights of Women", written in the wake of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 by Sayyid Ahmad Khan, who sought to foster a dialogue between Muslims and the West.
  • A Focus On essay in which Natana J. DeLong-Bas examined the progress that Saudi Arabia has made in the last decade and discusses the challenges it continues to face on issues of human rights, women’s rights, and intra– and interfaith dialogue.

October 2010

The October update included the following new tools and resources to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

  • Further expansion of arts coverage with the addition of 150 new articles and 67 images from the esteemed Oxford resource The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (2009)
  • A new lesson plan, in which Fred R. von der Mehden provides a framework for discussing key aspects of Islam in Southeast Asia, including syncretic Islam and political and religious pluralism
  • A new Letter from the Editor, in which Editor in Chief John L. Esposito addressed the recent hot topic of "Islamophobia", examining the definition and origins of the term and its frequent use in the American media
  • A Focus On essay in which Jordan Morreall, Tamara Sonn, and Laura Thomas explored the world of underground Muslim music – from metal to hip-hop – and its use as a form of political expression and protest

May 2010

The May update included the following new tools and resources to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

  • Further expansion of arts coverage with the addition of 75 new articles and 30 images from the esteemed Oxford resource The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (2009)
  • Two new lesson plans, in which Kiki Kennedy-Day provides a plan for discussing feminist interpretations of the Qur'an, and John O. Voll offers guidance on constructing a course section covering Islamic modernism
  • A new Letter from the Editor, in which Editor in Chief John L. Esposito addressed the people, questions, and struggles involved in Islamic reform
  • A Focus On essay by scholar Greg Barton considering the legacy of former Indonesian president and Muslim leader Abdurrahman Wahid, known as Gus Dur, in the wake of his recent passing

March 2010

The March update included the following new tools and resources to enhance Oxford Islamic Studies Online:

  • Expanded arts coverage with the addition of 80 new articles and 40 images from the esteemed Oxford resource The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (2009)
  • The first lesson plan on the site, from Amir Hussain of Loyola Marymount University, on constructing a course section covering Islam in North America
  • A new thematic guide from Andrew Rippin of the University of Victoria discussing the methods of exploring the content of the Qur’an by means of the Concordance of the Qur’an by Hanna Kassis, available in electronic form only on Oxford Islamic Studies Online
  • A Focus On essay by deputy editor Natana J. DeLong-Bas examining how interfaith dialogue can be used as a tool to avoid violent conflict

November 2009

The November update included the first infusion of content from The Grove Encyclopedia of the Islamic Art and Architecture (2009), as well as the following:

  • New thematic guide from editorial board member John Voll of Georgetown University on the interaction between Islam and Modernism and how modernization and changes in society inspired a reform movement to integrate Islam and modern life
  • Timeline updated to include events occurring through 2009, such as President Barack Obama’s historic speech in Cairo
  • A Focus On essay by editorial board member Shahrough Akhavi examining the fascinating and extremely topical relationship between Islam and democracy
  • A letter from Editor in Chief John L. Esposito discussing President Obama’s efforts to open a dialogue with the Muslim world

April 2009

The April update concluded the addition of content from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (March 2009).

  • Over 300 new and revised articles from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, taking the total number of Encyclopedia articles to 1,075. New articles include Abraham, Baghdad, al-Jazeera, Palestine, and Taliban.
  • Over 300 new maps, images, and dynastic charts from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World.
  • A new Focus On essay by editorial board member Ibrahim Kalin looks at the contested history of Islam and the West.
  • A commentary from Editor in Chief John L. Esposito on Islam and secularism.

October 2008

This month brought a wealth of new content to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, including:

  • An additional 300 new and revised articles from The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (March 2009), expanding our coverage of people, places, events, and concepts from all periods of Islamic history
  • Approximately 50 new images of art, architecture, and individuals from the Islamic world
  • A new thematic guide, The Geography of the Islamic World, which provides quick and easy access to more than 40 full-color maps and 20 thematic articles selected from the Atlas of the World's Religions
  • A new Focus On essay by editorial board specialist James Piscatori, "Islamists in Power"
  • Commentary from Editor in Chief John L. Esposito on the religious observance of Ramadan

May 2008

This major update to Oxford Islamic Studies Online added an impressive breadth of new content and enhanced functionality:

  • 20 articles and 40 full-color maps have been selected from the latest edition of the Ninian Smart and Federick Denny Atlas of the World's Religions. Including text edited by Simonetta Calderini, the article and maps from this work provide valuable historical and geographical insights into the origins of Islam, its growth into the world's second-largest religion, and the global influence and presence of Islam today.
  • Over 200 new and revised articles from the forthcoming The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World expand coverage of people, places, events and concepts from all periods of Islamic history.
  • A new Focus On essay by scholar and editorial board member Tamara Sonn, "What is Shariʿah?"
  • New images of art, architecture, and individuals
  • Images and Maps Search: the Image search has been enhanced to accommodate the new Atlas maps. This advanced search now offers options to locate all visual material, or to confine a search to "images" or "maps" only.
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